M. Night Shyamalan is probably really hoping third time’s a charm in collaborating with Bruce Willis, with Deadline reporting the two are teaming up again after first working together on The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable.
Labor of Love is the name of the new film and it will take the director and star back to Philadelphia, the setting of both of their previous films together, though perhaps not to such dark and supernatural stories. This time, Willis will play a book store owner haunted by the death of his true love and never having told her properly how he felt. Since she once asked him if he would walk across the country for her, he decides to do it for real as a posthumous grand gesture.
Shyamalan’s star in Hollywood has fallen considerably since he last worked with Willis, but reunited with the star of his most enduring film and working from one of his earliest scripts, can he recapture some of the magic created in his heyday?
Brendon’s update: I read this script about six or seven years ago – or at least a version of it. This is pre-Sixth Sense Shyamalan in every sense. Don’t expect a Twilight Zone high concept, and do expect a lot of open-hearted, quasi-spiritual emotions. The film is about, more or less, a man making an epic walk across the US as a promise to his wife… it’s a little bit like the Grounded run of Superman comics without Superman, or the end of Forrest Gump without Forrest Gump.